Twelve Spanish ports of general interest will be distributed a total of 68.2 million euros in European aid to promote interoperability between different modes of transport and improve their efficiency and competitiveness.
As reported by the Ministry of Development, more than half of these grants from ERDF operational programs (36.7 million euros) will be received by Andalusia, specifically the ports of Almeria, which will be made with 1.78 million, Motril (Granada), with 345,000 euros, and Huelva, with 34.57 million.
These aids, which have been negotiated by Puertos del Estado as an intermediate body with the Ministry of Finance, will also go to Murcia (4.9 million), Melilla (0.3) and Canary Islands (0.2). In addition, funds have been reallocated to the national Cohesion Fund (25.5 million) and ERDF-Technological Fund (0.6) programs.
In total, twelve port authorities will benefit from these funds, which are those of A Coruña, Almeria, Avilés (Asturias), Cartagena (Murcia), Ferrol-San Cibrao (A Coruña), Huelva, Las Palmas, Marín-Ría de Pontevedra , Melilla, Motril, Vigo (Pontevedra) and Vilagarcía de Arousa (Pontevedra).
According to Fomento and after this distribution, the Community funds relating to the 2007-2013 community framework distributed in Spain already amounts to 932 million euros distributed among 21 port authorities, to facilitate the co-financing of more than 200 projects with an investment volume of more than 2,000 millions of euros.
The financed projects seek to improve port infrastructures (shelter works, terminal buildings, access, urbanization of port facilities, ramps in terminals, logistics platforms, services and facilities), as well as actions aimed at promoting sustainability, safety, energy efficiency and respect to the environment, technological projects and technical assistance.